Zalul is waging a multidisciplinary campaign to promote protection of the Mediterranean Sea and its beaches from damage, pollution, and destruction.
Spheres of action include:
- Stop all industrial and municipal wastewater discharge into the sea and streams leading to it.
- Promote an advanced environmental policy for the offshore gas and oil drilling industry.Today, Israel has completely abandoned environmental protection, and manages this dangerous and hazardous industry within what seems to be complete denial of cumulative worldwide experience and regulations of ways of preventing an offshore oil-spill disaster. This, despite the potential risk and enormous threats it poses to public health along the coast, as well as to the sea and beaches, desalination, the economy, and the country’s strategic security dependent on them.
Zalul’s actions include: initiating and promoting laws to protect the sea, that will adopt stringent global standards written in response to the Gulf of Mexico oil-spill disaster, demanding authority-separation between entities protecting the marine environment and those developing the offshore industry, demanding readiness to handle spill-pollution, demanding transparency of all types and sizes of leaks and spills, demanding a financial mechanism to protect Israel’s economy, and demanding that all gas treatment platforms be moved out to sea and away from the coast.
- Prevent construction on natural beaches, in the face of cynical attempts to exploit a loophole in the Protection of the Coastal Environment Law that allows old construction plans to be advanced, even though their planning contravenes the law as it exists today.
- Promote the declaration of marine reserves to conserve marine flora and fauna, as part of a coalition of environmental organizations and activists from across the country.